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Dog Bite Victims


If you or a loved one have been bitten by a dog, seek medical attention immediately to assess your injuries and have them treated by medical professionals. Bite wounds, scrapes, and the infections that sometimes result can be more serious than they appear on the surface. Next, you should contact your local animal control center (St. Louis County; St. Louis City) or police department to make a report.

A qualified personal injury attorney can help you assess whether you have a claim against the dog’s owner. Over 4.5 million people every year are victims of dog bites. An average of 386,000 of those bites require emergency medical treatment. Medical procedures usually are quite expensive and can require follow up care or treatments. Surgery and hospitalization sometimes are involved, and that can mean lost wages for the victims. There were 27,752 reconstructive surgeries in 2012 to repair dog bite injuries. In addition to the physical injuries, dog attacks can result in mental trauma for the victims as well.

John M. Cichelero has experiencing handling dog bite claims. For a free consultation, call 314-205-2886 today.


In 2009, the Missouri legislature enacted R.S.Mo. § 273.036.1, which contains a strict liability standard, thus making it somewhat easier than it had been in the past for dog bite victims to recover compensation for injuries, both physical and emotional. In fact, more than a third of all homeowners’ liability claims to their insurance companies are for dog bites. The statute states, in part:

The owner or possessor of any dog that bites, without provocation, any person while such person is on public property, or lawfully on private property, including the property of the owner or possessor of the dog, is strictly liable for damages suffered by persons bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s or possessor’s knowledge of such viciousness.

However, if the victim played a role in the incident, it is possible that any damages awarded could be reduced. If you have been bitten by someone else’s dog and believe you have a valid claim against its owner or possessor, you can contact a qualified attorney to determine what your next steps should be.


With any personal injury case, there is a statute of limitations involved requiring that your claim be filed within a certain amount of time after the injury occurs. That’s why it is imperative that you speak with an attorney as soon as possible to assess your case. Attorney John Cichelero provides free consultations and may be reached at 314-205-2886. If it’s easier for you, just e-mail Mr. Cichelero directly.

John handles cases in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Jefferson County, St. Francois County, Franklin County, Washington County, Lincoln County, Kansas City, Jackson County, Greene County and any other county or city within the state of Missouri. John handles cases in Illinois as well and is located near St. Clair County, Madison County, Washington County, and Monroe County.

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